Sunday, September 13, 2009

Finally: 100 Items!


I didn't think I'd ever get there, but this month it finally happened: 100 items are now available in my etsy shop!


I've had The Frog Bag up and running since September of 2007. I was haphazard about it at first, but lately I've been doing a lot more work. It's an eclectic mix, to say the least. Lots of beadwork, like the big focal bead on the left, takes hours to complete.


Earrings and bracelets are faster to make, but not by much. And of course the shop hasn't been static; keeping up with orders while adding to current inventory sometimes seems like a second full-time job.





Then there are the cat toys, which are a real labor of love.

I'm thrilled when I look back over my records and see just how many of those have made their way to felines around the world since 2007!

But in the end, what is it all for? Sure, having a little shop on etsy is fun, and I love to buy beads which would otherwise sit idle in my studio, but what's the point of all this work?

The answer is easy: tapir conservation! Tapirs as a group are probably the most endangered, yet overlooked, megafauna in the world. So 20% of the proceeds from The Frog Bag go to the Tapir Preservation Fund. Because I for one don't want to live in a world without tapirs!

16 comments:

  1. Kudos and congratulations to a very special lady. Aside from that, I've done beadwork and handwork before, and I can't believe how long it takes! Your creations continue to amaze and bring joy. And of course, the tapirs thank you! They certainly appreciate that you care!

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  2. Thank you so much! I am honored! *blush*

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  3. ♥Congratulations♥*¨)
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    NOW for 100 SALES!
    (((hugs)))
    ~ux

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  4. ...and a labor of selflessness, too. It's impressive how absent from your descriptions are the words "I" and "my". It's a sublte statement that these creative fires burn for the benefit of others - four-legged, in this case :)

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  5. Great job on the work you put in! I hope you see many rewards from such great items.

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  6. Fantastic, 100 items...congratulations. The tapirs of the world are lucky to have you.

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  7. Thank you so much everyone! Glad to know that there are some fellow tapir lovers out there! JaneandJohn, it isn't all that selfless... I have a horrible bead addiction, to own the truth! :)

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  8. Congratulations! The focal bead is just beautiful - and we know how great your cat toys are! And thanks so much for all you do to help animals.

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  9. Wow! Congratulations! Wonderful creations!

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  10. I am trying to get that 100 in my shop as well... for some reason I have not been able to get over 70 before, but now I am at 73. So hopefully I make it eventually!

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  11. Way to go, Zoe! Just keep plugging away. You'll get there!

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  12. I'm still working towards 100! Congrats for getting there, I know how much work it is! Your work is lovely!

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  13. You certainly have some lovely pieces of work in your shop!

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